By Barbara Falconer Newhall
Jerome, that famously abstemious fourth- and fifth-century scholar and saint, is said to have kept a human skull on his desk to remind him of his mortality.
Those of us with gardens don’t need a skull. We’ve got stuff dying on us every day.
Last week I had pansies, wind poppies, camellias and star magnolias strutting their stuff in my sunny front yard. Today a heavy rain blasted through our canyon, and last week’s hopefuls were pounded back into the ground by the weight of all that water.
The elegant wind poppies whose pictures I posted last week? They’re face down on a rock.
Photos by Barbara Falconer Newhall